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South Korea's 'Poop School' to change name

Republic Of Korea - A South Korean elementary school whose name means "shit" has decided to adopt a more fragrant moniker, school officials said Friday.

Why a few drops of water make whisky taste better

Paris - Ignore the snobs, because most experts agree: a few drops of water enhance the taste of whiskies, from well-rounded blends to peat bombs redolent of smoke, tobacco and leather. The only real question is, why is this true?

Visitors flock to Belgium's giant omelette festival despite scandal

Malm - About a thousand people flocked to the small Belgian town of Malmedy on Tuesday to eat a giant omelette made of 6,500 eggs, despite the country being at the centre of a scandal involving tainted eggs.

Game of Thrones actor warns about husky craze

London - Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage on Tuesday urged fans of the series to stop buying huskies because of their similarity to fearsome "direwolves", as many were being quickly abandoned.

Sheepish Aussie deputy PM drops Kiwi citizenship

Sydney - Australia's "accidental Kiwi" deputy prime minister renounced his New Zealand citizenship Tuesday amid sheep jokes, Hollywood taunts and conspiracy theories about a left-wing plot to topple Canberra's conservative government.

Football: Mexico zoo names tiger cub for French star Gignac

Mexico - French striker Andre-Pierre Gignac has received a rare tribute from hundreds of Mexican schoolchildren, who voted to name a newborn Bengal tiger at their local zoo after the Mexico-based star.

Love office cats? Then try a wild puma

S - There's having an office cat nestled by the computer -- and then there's finding a wild puma under your desk.

Smooth Criminal: Michael Jackson statue given rifle by Rio narcos

Rio De Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro drug gangsters gave a famous statue of Michael Jackson a scary new prop in a photo circulating on Brazilian social media: an assault rifle.

Belgium's giant omelette festival aims to defy tainted egg scandal

Brussels - You cannot make a giant omelette without breaking thousands of eggs, health scare or not, and the small Belgian town of Malmedy is determined its annual festival is going ahead come what may.

Arm-less crime: Chinese man caught with brother's limbs

Shanghai - A Chinese man was detained after a bus station security scanner revealed that he had his brother's severed arms in his luggage, state media reported, but police said he was unlikely to face criminal charges.

Chinese auntie enforcers jailed after reign of grey terror

Shanghai - Members of a Chinese "auntie gang" of debt-collectors have been jailed over a reign of grey terror in which they menaced victims and even stripped naked to get them to cough up, state media said on Tuesday.

Dinosaurs beheaded at Australian museum

Sydney - Three model raptors at Australia's national dinosaur museum have been beheaded by mystery vandals who scaled a fence and removed the parts using an angle grinder or hacksaw, police said Tuesday.

Police send postcards with an edge to Europe's most wanted

Den Haag - European police forces are sending a series of cheeky "wish you were here" postcards this summer in a bid to track down 21 of the continent's most wanted criminals."Dear Artur, Belgian fries are the best and we know you miss them.

Israeli leader bans MP from squaring up to Jordanian rival

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had to step in on Wednesday to prevent tensions with Jordan spiralling into a brawl between two lawmakers who agreed to meet on the border.

'I've got a boa constrictor stuck to my face,' US woman tells rescuers

New York - US authorities have released a recording of an emergency call in which a woman said this: "I've got a boa constrictor stuck to my face.

Maduro snubbed at Venezuela vote: 'person does not exist'

Caracas - After months of devastating shortages, deadly protests and mounting chaos, many a Venezuelan has wished President Nicolas Maduro never existed.

Ink or swim? Tattoos on show at world swimming championships

Budapest - World records have tumbled and gold medals won but the colourful array of tattoos on show at the world swimming championships have proved just as eye-catching, be they designs of sharks, dolphins or even the lion adorning the arm of Adam Peaty's grandm...

Air France launches investigation into boarding pass mishap

Copenhagen - Air France on Thursday said it was investigating how a passenger was put on the wrong plane, travelling with a boarding pass bearing the same name as another passenger on that flight.

Juncker press conference interrupted by wife... no, Merkel

Brussels - It's a problem many people will be familiar with: forgetting to turn your phone off during an important meeting, then it rings with a call from home.

Leo and Kate will be your date, for the right price

Los Angeles - Ever yearned to swap tales of the sea with "Titanic" stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet?

200 sheep chased down ravine by bear in southern France

Foix - More than 200 sheep have fallen to their deaths after apparently being chased down a gorge in the Pyrenees by a brown bear, officials said Monday.

Dali's trademark moustache intact at '10 past 10' position

Madrid - Surrealist master Salvador Dali's trademark moustache is in perfect shape in its "ten past ten" position, the foundation that runs his estate said Friday, a day after his remains were exhumed to settle a paternity claim.

'Freedom' steak on menu at 'Le Dictateur' in Tunis

Tunis - A steak dubbed the "Grilled Freedom" is just one stand-out dish on the menu of the Tunisian capital's "Le Dictateur" restaurant, which is not exactly to the taste of officialdom.

Shopping-weary Chinese find refuge in souped-up man caves

Shanghai - It's a familiar sight in shopping malls around the world -- weary-looking men dutifully following their wives from store to store. But China may have the solution: so-called "husband rest booths".

Mr President? Erdogan voice message surprises Turkey mobile users

Istanbul - When making a social phone call, you don't expect to hear the voice of the head of state.

'No complaining': Pope Francis takes on moaners

Vatican City - Pope Francis carries the weight of the world's poor and suffering on his shoulders: the last thing he needs is people turning up at his apartment for a whinge.

Disneyland China falls a-fowl of huge turkey leg demand

Los Angeles - Over nearly a century Disney has exported US culture across the globe, but the company was astonished to find one slice of Americana wildly popular in China -- the turkey leg.The entertainment giant opened its $5.

Pamela Anderson drops out of 'sexy' French vegan restaurant

Marseille - The former "Baywatch" star Pamela Anderson has dropped out of a pop-up vegan restaurant project on the French Riviera just days after its opening, saying the venture did not meet "expectations or agreements".

Indonesian teenage boy weds 73-year-old bride

Indonesia - A teenage boy has married his 73-year-old lover in a remote village on Indonesia's Sumatra, officials said, after the unconventional couple threatened a double suicide if their match was thwarted.

Jailbird: Swiss collector sentenced for filching feathers

Geneva - A Swiss hawk enthusiast was on Wednesday sentenced to three years behind bars for stealing more than 10,000 bird feathers worth an estimated $6 million from European museums.
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